Subal Kumbhakar traveled a long road to Binghamton University, from a remote village in India, a community so small that in ninth grade Kumbhakar did not have the traditional choice of studying the sciences.
TOP STORY - Athletics fall wrap-up
By Steve Seepersaud
Binghamton came oh-so-close to a third America East Conference title in six years. In the 79th minute of the conference tournament final on Nov. 15, Boston University scored the only goal in a 1-0 game. The contest marked the sixth straight time the Bearcats appeared in the America East title game - a conference record. Binghamton finished the season with a record of 12-6-3.
Binghamton compiled a record of 8-9-1 this fall, more than doubling the number of wins (3) achieved last year. The Bearcats were the No. 6 seed in the America East tournament and defeated New Hampshire 1-0 in the conference quarterfinals. The season ended for Binghamton with a 2-0 loss to No. 2 Stony Brook in the semifinals. That loss was only the second in nine America East postseason games. Junior captains Amanda Casares and Nicole Montoya as well as redshirt freshman Dani Raske received second-team All-Conference honors. Raske was one of only three freshmen named to the conference's All-Rookie squad.
Junior Chris Gaube (pictured) and sophomore Erik van Ingen had stand-out performances for Binghamton at the America East Cross Country Championships, held just a few weeks ago in Baltimore. Gaube finished in third place (best-ever for the Binghamton program), while van Ingen finished fourth. The men's squad took third place. Senior Jamie Schulte - placing 24th in a 76-woman field - led the ladies to a sixth-place team finish. Gaube highlighted the team's performance at the NCAA East Regional Championships in New York, finishing an impressive 39th place out of 239 runners. The men as a team finished 15th of 33 squads, while the women placed 20th of 33 teams. Senior Jamie Schulte led the women, placing 100th out of a field of 247.
The Bearcats wrapped up the fall 2008 campaign with an 11th place finish in the Old Dominion Seascape Invitational, held in Kitty Hawk, N.C. Earlier in the season, the squad shot a total of 620 to finish sixth out of seven teams at the America Sky Championship, hosted by Hartford. Sophomore Andrew Marler shot 148 (rounds of 75 and 73) to finish in a tie for fifth place and earn All-Conference honors. Also, the Bearcats finished 21st in the 23-team Hartford Invitational, an event held in conjunction with the conference tournament. Sophomore Jake Katz was named Oct. 10-19 player of the week in the America Sky Conference after tying for first place out of 78 golfers in the Philadelphia Big 5 Invitational. In addition, Katz led the Bearcats to a win at the Cornell University Tri-Match.
Sophomore Anna Lejina was named America East Player of the Week for the week ending Nov. 16; it was the second time this season she earned the award. The outside hitter averaged a conference-high 5.22 kills per set on the week while hitting at a .389 percentage in two America East matches. The Bearcat squad finished the regular season with an overall record of 15-14 and a conference tally of 9-3. At publication time, the team was scheduled to compete in the America East tournament. View the latest women's volleyball news.
Last Updated: 11/12/13